Quote Fishing in America
I think litkicks has been around so long that any online search of any of its gallery of featured writers would end up here.
I say a ready and effective hook of some writers is when they are childlike and funny. I think that's the original charm of Road, actually. With Bratigan, though, eventually you feel guilty, like you've been caught watching hours and hours of Sesame Street...
Genius, I think, in bits and snatches. He's in the cellar in one of his works, fixing to plug a rat with a .22, whereupon the rodent looks up at him and says, "When I was young, my mother sang to me just like Deanna Durbin".